Transfer station committee members agree on two monetary issues

by Mary Grow

China Transfer Station Committee members agreed unanimously on two monetary issues at their Nov. 16 meeting.

One was to ask selectmen to choose an engineer to design a cover for the pre-crusher and controls beside the mixed-waste hopper at the transfer station. Committee members recommend an engineered plan because they want the new cover attached to the present structure.

Building the cover is included in the draft five-year facilities plan as one of two items recommended for fiscal year 2022-23. The cost is tentatively estimated at $15,000.

The other project the draft plan now proposes for the coming fiscal year is providing electricity in the free for the taking building, so volunteers and “customers” can enjoy heat and can test donated electrical appliances. That project cost is estimated at $5,000, Transfer Station Manager Ronald Marois said.

Committee Chairman Lawrence Sikora plans to ask for final approval of the five-year plan at the committee’s Dec. 14 meeting. Once approved, it will serve as a recommended guide for expenditure requests to the select board and voters.

At the Nov. 16 meeting, there was brief discussion of buying a screen for compost. The material is double-composted, but without being screened it contains small sticks, rocks and other debris unwelcome in residents’ gardens.

Marois said he has no trouble getting rid of the unscreened compost. Committee members took no action.

The second monetary decision was on the committee’s requested budget for FY 2022-23.

For the current year, Sikora asked for and received $1,000. His intention was to support members attending Maine solid waste conferences and workshops, visiting other towns’ facilities and otherwise expanding their knowledge.

In October, he and Chris Diesch, one of Palermo’s two representatives on the committee, went to a multi-day conference for which the registration fee was $275 apiece.

When Sikora asked that the two fees come from the committee’s budget, some China select board members asked why China money should cover Diesch’s fee. Board members ultimately decided, on a split vote, to pay this time but hereafter to expect Palermo to support its own committee members (see The Town Line, Nov. 11, p. 2).

Transfer Station Committee members made it clear at the Nov. 16 meeting that they think all committee members should be equally supported by committee money. They emphasized the usefulness of regional and state meetings and the desirability of having several members attend to provide different perspectives. They also pointed out that the $1,000 budget would not have covered registration for even the one conference if all eight committee members had attended.

Consequently, they authorized Sikora to ask for a $2,500 Transfer Station Committee budget in 2022-23. Robert Kurek, Palermo’s other representative on the committee, abstained on the vote; Disch was absent.

Sikora shared some of the things he learned at the October conference.

A decision on increased bag fees for Palermo residents was again postponed, this time because the cost of the bags is apparently going to rise substantially due to supply chain issues. Palermo has been given the required six-months’ notice that there will be an increase in the spring, so Kurek had no problem with the exact amount being left undecided.

Committee members voted unanimously to buy 17 cases of bags their supplier is said to have on hand.

In addition to the Dec. 14 meeting of the full committee, a Visioning Subcommittee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 1. Both meetings will be at 9 a.m. in the portable building behind the China town office.

Committee corrects two false impressions

China Transfer Station Committee members want to correct two false impressions that they said are creating problems at the transfer station.

One is that the free for the taking building is a place to dispose of things like computers, televisions and worn-out furniture, to avoid paying disposal fees. The free for the taking building only accepts items that other residents can happily take home and use. Its space is limited.

The second error is the belief that residents of neighboring towns besides Palermo can obtain China transfer station RFID (radio frequency identification) placards. Placards are issued only to residents of China and, by contract, Palermo. China has no contract with any other town.

Vassalboro Fire Department fundraising for life saving equipment

Vassalboro Fire Department Chief Walker Thompson, left, and Vice President Michael Vashon. (photo by Jeanne Marquis)

by Jeanne Marquis

Rural volunteer fire departments regularly come to the mutual aid of other neighboring rural volunteer fire departments to team up to combat larger structural fires. As an example of ‘mutual aid’ – Mike Vashon, vice president and board of director member of the Vassalboro Fire Department, told us how their 3,000 water-tank truck had been called to assist other towns because rural towns without hydrants need additional water quickly at the site of fires. Now the Vassalboro Fire Department needs mutual aid from the region to get the word out about their fundraising efforts to purchase life-saving equipment for their fire fighters.

Truck 15. (photo by Jeanne Marquis)

The Vassalboro Fire Department must replace 20 outdated SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) Paks which are no longer compliant with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Each SCBA unit; including a mask, backpack harness and two cylinders costs $8,165 each, totaling $163,300 for the 20 units.

The department’s existing SCBA Paks lack the current technological advances such as universal air connections, heads up display, buddy breathing systems or the advanced safety features found on the up-to-date equipment. One unit failed in operation on a fire call. Fortunately, this did not happen within a structural fire, but at a chimney fire. The firefighter was quickly relieved by the standby firefighter as soon as the malfunction was discovered.

Fire chief Walker Thompson has taken six 1992 SCBA out of service because of the unreliability of this equipment’s current condition and the remaining equipment is tested yearly. The cost of repairing and retrofitting the equipment to the NFPA standards is prohibitive. Vashon mentioned he had applied twice for a FEMA grant to replace the SCBA equipment. Both times, FEMA replied back that the grants went to fire departments with higher call numbers who could score higher on their grant applications. Vashon said their department answered 175 calls in 2020 and feels that using the number of calls to determine which department gets the FEMA grants puts the rural fire departments in a disadvantaged position as compared to the departments in an urban area. Many of the 175 calls for the Vassalboro Fire Department may have represented a potential home loss and put firefighters in the same danger if they were in an urban area. For this reason, the NFPA requires high standards on SCBA equipment for all fire departments, regardless of whether they are located in urban or rural areas. The risk the firefighters face is the same.

SCBA equipment at right. (photos by Jeanne Marquis)

Vashon explains, “The self-contained breathing apparatus has a harness that goes on your back. So when you’re going to a structure fire, you have a mask that connects to a tank and that’s the air you breathe. When you’re going to a smoky building of fire, even chimney fires and motor vehicle fires. Because in today’s environment, when this burns, this is not just wood. This is compressed wood with all kinds of glues and whatnot in there. These are all carcinogens that you would breathe in and could later turn into cancer.”

Vashon went on to explain the importance of having SCBA with the current safety features that alert the firefighters when the equipment is malfunctioning. Following procedures, standby firefighters are posted outside the structure to take over to relieve firefighters on the inside when these alerts go off.

When asked how the Vassalboro Fire Department planned to raise funds for the $163,300, Thompson and Vashon described their fundraising team as a small core group of their volunteers led by Vashon. Thompson described Vashon as “the engine for this train.” This small group of fundraisers has begun making personal calls to residents and business owners, not just in Vassalboro, but also through the region. They realize times are hard, and they need to reach beyond their town’s borders.

This small fundraising team has had recent experience raising $72,000 for the first payment on a $334,000 fire truck to replace a 39-year-old vehicle. The Vassalboro Fire Department feared the previous vehicle had aged to the point it could have broken down on a call.

The new fire vehicle, Truck 15, was delivered July 28, 2021, and resides at the Riverside Fire Station. Truck 15 is on a freightliner chassis with a 1,000 gallon water tank and a separate 30 gallon foam tank. Truck 15 features a top mount console which provides the capability to control all discharges while standing behind the cab allowing the pump operator to view both sides of the truck and a better view of the scene. It has 11 storage compartments to house all of the equipment and a compartment within the body to hold the extension ladder, roof and attic ladders as well as pike poles. This allows all equipment to be kept clean.

There are storage wells on each side of the rear wheels that will hold a total of eight SCBA cylinders. This truck has 300 feet of 1-3/4-inch Matty Dale hose, 1,000 feet of 4 – inch supply hose, and 200 feet of 2-1/2 inch hose.

Vashon’s fundraising team feels good about being able to help out the town with the expense of Truck 15. Now the fundraising team from the Vassalboro Fire Department is turning its attention to generating funds for 20 SCBA units that are essential to protecting the lives of their volunteers and to keeping the department up to NFPA standards so they can continue to protect the residents of their town. They want to remind potential donors that their department is a 501c(3) non-profit and donations are tax-deductible. For additional information reach out to Mike Vashon at 207-485-7740 or Walker Thompson at 207-649-1236. Checks are payable to Vassalboro Fire Department, PO Box 134, North Vassalboro, ME 04962.

Moving forward with the South China Public Library

New South China Public Library, under construction on the Jones Road. (contributed photo)

by Jean Dempster

If you travel on Jones Road near the north end of South China village you will see progress on construction of the new South China Public Library building, located at 27 Jones Road. The exterior of the building is complete and interior work will continue over the coming months. Blane Casey Building Contractor is coordinating the project and working with other local businesses. While the exterior looks great, the library volunteers and directors continue to raise funds to finish the interior of the building and prepare to move to the new location.

The South China Public Library is the oldest continuously operating public library in the state of Maine. It was established in 1830 and its founders included members of the Jones family, other Quaker families, and prominent residents of China. The library is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the state, incorporated in 1912 as an independent community library. The building presently in use was constructed in 1900 and the addition now housing the children’s room was built by volunteers in 1980. This historic, treasured building does not have bathroom facilities and the library could not expand at the current site. The new location is less than half a mile from the current location and convenient for residents of the town of China and nearby communities, summer visitors, and seasonal residents. The new library will feature more space for meetings, programs, library materials, and outdoor events.

Over the years the most popular service offered by the library is the summer reading program for children ages pre-school through middle school. Each year the program encourages reading, learning, and creativity throughout the summer. Attendance is often 25 – 35 children plus parents and caregivers in the children’s room. An important benefit of the new library will be more space for programs for all ages, and bathrooms!

During the pandemic, the current library has continued to provide library services such as curbside service, children’s programs on Zoom, Story Time on Facebook Live, 24/7 Wi-Fi internet access and patrons have access to the Maine Infonet Download Library which allows library users to download audiobooks and eBooks. The library is operated entirely by volunteers, with leadership from librarian Cheryl Baker.

With over 10,000 books, hundreds of movies and audiobooks for adults and children, and special collections such as Maine authors and Quaker history, there is something for everyone. Public use computers are available or visitors can bring a device and use the Wi-Fi. The library volunteers appreciate the support already provided by the community. The library has been a vital presence in the community for almost 200 years. The building project needs a boost to focus on the future, finish up the interior, and be ready for many more years of serving the community. Library cards and programs are free to all.

Donations to support the new library may be mailed to South China Public Library, P.O. Box 417, China, ME 04358. Visit for more information or to donate through the PayPal Giving Fund.

The current library hours are Wednesday 10 a.m. – noon, and 1 – 3 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. Questions? Email:

OBITUARIES for Thursday, November 18, 2021


BENTON – Albion R. Dudley, 87, passed away Monday, October 25, 2021, at Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood, in Waterville. He was born October 19, 1934, in Augusta, the son of Albert and Mary (Brawn) Dudley.

He spent most of his 40-year career as a caretaker/ groundskeeper for affluent families in western Connecticut, later, returning to Maine and finishing his work at the University of Maine Augusta campus.

Albion is survived by sons, Richard A. Dudley and wife Barbara, of Lincolnton, North Carolina, Steven M. Dudley and wife Debbie, of Skowhegan; daughter, Tammy M. Dudley, of Beacon Falls, Connecticut; sister, Joyce Mcelravy, of Fairfield.

He was predeceased by sons, Bruce A. Dudley, Robert P. Dudley, Albert “Danny” G. Dudley II, and Timothy J. Dudley.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 04976.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Albion’s memory to Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood, c/o Northern Light Inland Hospital, P.O. Box 2917, Waterville ME 04901.


BENTON – Richard O. Pullen, 75, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Northern Light Hospital, in Bangor. He was born October 21, 1946, in Waterville, the son of George Pullen and Marilyn Hafford.

Richard went to school in Winthrop. Following school, he served in the U.S Navy. Richard was married to his wife Lorraine Pullen, and celebrated 43 years of marriage in July. Richard was a tribal member of Penobscot Nation and Big Buck Club.

Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his camp in Eustis.

For anyone who knew Richard knew he was a stubborn man, liked things his way, and never wanted help. He always had a cup of coffee in his hand. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow up.

He enjoyed spending any extra time at his camp by the fire, making loud bangs, being on his four- wheeler, or as a snowbird in Florida.

He was predeceased by his father George Pullen and Abraham Neptune, mother Marilyn Hafford, brothers, Terry Neptune and Edward Neptune, children Dana Legere and George Legere Jr.

Richard was survived by his wife Lorraine Pullen, of Benton; children Lorena Smith and spouse Roland, Darlene Veilleux and spouse David, Kenneth Baggallay, Becky Wentworth and spouse Kenny, Cindy Witham and spouse Alan; grandchildren Timothy, Melissa, Amber, Joey, Anthony, Jade, Jarred, Terrez, Kamrin, Jessica, Zeke, Maysee, Zane, Megan and fiancé Devin; siblings Dawn Minoty, Charles Manter, Paula Hook, Linda Gordon, Penny Bubier, and Vernan Childs; as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

There will be no services or burial. Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 04976.


WATERVILLE – Richard Thomas Lafountain Sr., 88, passed away on Monday , November 1, 2021, at home. He was born in Starks, to Foster and Nellie (Duley) Lafountain.

Richard enlisted in the U.S Army in 1956 and spent time as a reservist. He met his wife, Mary, in 1958. They were married after just six months of dating and would have celebrated 63 years of marriage in December.

Richard was known for his friendly demeanor and would make friends everywhere he went. With his wife by his side, he spent many years involved in nursing home ministry reaching out through music. He loved music and loved to sing.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Gordon, who died in childbirth, brothers George Lafountain and Wallace Lafountain, as well as his sisters Dorothy Heald Helen Goodrich and Violet Marquis.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Blodgett) Lafountain, of Waterville; his sons Richard Lafountain Jr. and wife Brenda, of Vassalboro, and Jeff Lafountain and wife Denise, of Oakland; daughter Darlene Barber and husband Thad, of South China; nine grandchildren, Jessica Poulin and husband Paul, of Shawmut, Matthew Lafountain and Justin Lafountain, of Vassalboro, Evan Lafountain and Caleb Lafountain, of Oakland, Sydney Weymouth and husband Nicholas, of Clinton, Nick Barber, Julia Barber and Tyler Barber, all of South China; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Gloria Chick, of Augusta; nieces and nephews. A service is planned at Riverside Assembly Church in Fairfield on Friday, November 19, at 11 a.m.


FAIRFIELD – Doris A. Oliver, 98, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 1, 2021, at Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation. She was born in Caribou on May 21, 1923, the daughter of the late Winfield and Annie (Drake) Brawn.

Doris was employed for many years with the Red Star Laundromat as well as with Colby College, both in Waterville.

She had a great life. She and her husband, Rodney enjoyed traveling around the state, and talking with friends on the CB radio.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Rodney Oliver; her son, Kenneth Wakefield; her granddaughter, Rhonda Wakefield; and her daughter-in-law, Mary Wakefield.

Doris is survived by her children, Theresa Wakefield, Richard Wakefield, and Kempton Wakefield; her grandsons, Kempton Wakefield, Jr. and his wife, Debra, Michael Wakefield, Jacob Wakefield, Matthew Wakefield, and David Wakefield; her great-grandson, Brock Wakefield; her great-granddaughter, Marissa Lyshon and her husband, Devin; her great-great-granddaughter, Isabella Lyshon; and her great-great-grandson, Jordon Lyshon.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, in Fairfield. Burial will follow at Tozier Cemetery, in Fairfield Center.

Arrangements are in the care of the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St. Fairfield where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.


CHELSEA – James R. Grant, 77, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Maine­General Medical Center, in Au­gusta. James was born January 4, 1944, in Vassalboro, son of the late Henry and Jean C. (Boggs) Grant.

He was a resident of Chelsea, previously residing in Windsor.

James had a career as a watchman for the State of Maine’s Capitol Police before retiring. He was a very creative, good natured, quiet and passionate man who enjoyed home cooked food, going out to eat, and particularly visiting the Chinese buffet with family and friends. He also enjoyed eavesdropping on emergency and public safety radio communications with his scanners and talking on his CB.

In addition to his loved and devoted life-partner Gloria, James is survived by his three children, Nathan Grant, of Brunswick, Mason Grant, of Bath, and Melissa Rizer, of Auburn; Gloria’s family, Virgil Simmons, Sue Chipman, Bonnie Augustine, and friend Todd Austin.

James was predeceased by his sister, Maple Christie.

In honor of James’ wishes, services and burial will be held privately.

Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St. Augusta where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at


JEFFERSON – Madeline “Marie” Boynton, 97, of Jefferson, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at home. Marie, as she was known by all, was born November 13, 1923, in Jefferson, the daughter of Charles and Hattie Weaver Feyler. She attended Jefferson School and on June 13, 1941, she married Pearl Boynton.

She was a homemaker most of her life and raised nine children which was a full-time job. She did work for a short time at Health Tex, Renys, and ran a blueberry crew with her husband for many years.

She was known in town for her baking and for always having her door open and feeding anyone who needed it.

She was a lifetime member of the United Baptist Church, of South Jefferson, and an over 50-year member of the Jefferson Grange and the State Grange. She also was on the board of directors of the Trask Lawn Cemetery for years.

She enjoyed having her family visit, cooking, and friends stopping by to visit. She loved to crochet gifts for her family while sitting on her front porch watching the traffic go by.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Pearl Boynton; sons, Frances, Roger, and Dennis; and a daughter, Pauline.

She is survived by her sons, Linwood and wife Bobbie of Hertford, North Carolina, Robert and wife Deanna, of Chelsea, Lawrence and Ramona, and Earland and Marion, of Jefferson; and daughter, Margaret Boynton, of Winslow. She had a total of 78 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the Trask Lawn Cemetery in South Jefferson.

Arrangements are entrusted to Funeral Alternatives of Augusta.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to MaineGeneral Hospice of Maine.


CLINTON – Peter A. Bither, 72, of Clinton passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation. Peter was born in Linneus on October 20, 1949, the son of the late Alan and Lois (Stewart) Bither.

He attended many day programs throughout his life. He attended Ken-A-Set, and Sebasticook Farms; and later in life he attended the Muskie Center, in Waterville. His favorite place to be, was always at home. Everyone whoever met Peter loved him. He was always very social; and fun to be around. Peter loved the holidays, especially his birthday, and was always the life of the party.

Peter enjoyed his retirement, and loved staying home with his cousin, Kim, her daughter, Emily, and two very good friends, Mary, and Karen. He loved playing “Grampa” to Connor, and Owen; and loved his “babies” as he called the cats.

He enjoyed watching TV; his favorite show was The Price is Right. His favorite pastime was sitting on the deck hoping to catch sight of “Mama deer” and her babies. He spent many hours sitting in his favorite chair on the deck. He loved to feed the hummingbirds and watch the squirrels playing in the trees.

Peter will be sadly missed by his cousin, Kathy Ware and her significant other, Carl Clarke; his best friend, and cousin, who helped care for Peter for many years, Russell Young; his cousin, Kimberly, and children, Cody, and Emily McKenna; Dan and Sue Dow; Chelsea, and Austin Davis, and sons, Connor, and Owen Davis.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Town House Hill Cemetery, in Clinton.

Arrangements are in the care of the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St. Fairfield where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at


WATERVILLE – Ernest A. Gauer, 85, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 8, 2021, in Waterville. Ernest was born in Madison, Connecticut.

He attended Hand High and Colby College. He also received his masters degree from the University of Southern Maine. He retired with the rank of captain from the U.W. Air Force and was stationed at length in Japan.

Ernest was a loved and well respected teacher for Waterville Junior High School for over 25 years, where he shared his vast knowledge of U.S. History. He also shared his work force talents with C. F. Hathaway Shirt Factory, Dunham’s of Maine, and Laverdiere’s Drug Store, all in Waterville, and Duratherm, in North Vassalboro.

“Ernie” enjoyed golfing at Natanis Golf Course, in Vassalboro, gardening, and traveling the country with Patricia, who he married in 1966. More recently he formed many friendships at the Waterville Elks Lodge #905.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Helen and Ernest L. Gauer, his sisters, Marlene and Helen, and his wife Patricia, who passed away in 2009.

He is survived by his children: Paul Gauer and his wife Hope, Karen Bulley and her husband Mark; and four grandchildren, Paige, Josh, Taylor and Gunner.

Graveside service was held November 17, at the Maine Veterans Cemetary (Mount Vernon Rd), in Augusta.

A service of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, Maine 04901. (207) 872-7676.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Vassalboro Public Library, or the Waterville Elks Lodge #905.


SIDNEY – Gordon (Gordy/Bibi) Billington passed away comfortably in his homeon Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Gordon was born on December 13, 1940, in Portland, to Woodrow and Alma Billington.

He grew up in Standish and graduated as Salutatorian from Standish High School in1958. He attended the U. S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado, and graduated as a second lieutenant in 1962. He completed flight training in Texas the following year. In 1964, he earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona while stationed in Clovis, New Mexico. He served in the Air Force until 1991, rising to the rank of colonel.

During a combat mission in Southeast Asia, Gordon was forced to eject from his jet above the Indian Ocean. He also bailed out during a routine training mission in the United States. He flew such aircraft as the F-100, F-105 and F-4 jet fighters while stationed at multiple locations worldwide. He had the privilege of commanding jet fighter organizations until his retirement at the beginning of The Gulf War. He loved flying so much that he also bought a Cessna Cardinal RG airplane for his own personal use during his time stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Upon his retirement in 1991, Gordon returned to Standish where he earned his second master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie Institute in 1995, earned a new Microsoft certification, and built his and Carol’s new house and barn next to their parents.

Following an internship in Governor Angus King’s office, he joined the Maine Department of Labor as the Director of Operations. During this period, he also became a Standish Town Councilor serving as chairman in 1999. Gordon became Town Manager of Standish in 2001 and served as the chairman of The Greater Portland Commission of Governments until he retired in 2018.

He and Carol shared many endeavors together while improving and developing his cherished hometown. These included creating public parks, designing a new town hall, developing a public beach, new roads, and a subdivision called Shadow Woods. Another shared adventure was the breeding and showing of Samoyed dogs. Over the many years they bred three Samoyed litters, showed several from the bunch, some even becoming champions. In recent years Gordon became very interested in their ancestry and discovered that he is the 14th great-grandchild of John Billington, and Carol is the 14th great-grandchild of Elizabeth Tilley, both of whom were passengers on the Mayflower.

Gordon also had passions for spending quality time with family, sharing cocktails, smiles and laughter, as well as golfing and traveling. He never missed an opportunity to talk politics, inevitably ‘stirring the pot’. One of his favorite summertime activities was terrorizing his grandchildren while pulling them on the tube as the driver of Livet-Up, his and Carol’s ski boat. He also loved cheering on the New England Patriots!

He was predeceased by his parents Woodrow and Alma Billington, his brothers John and Dennis Billington and his son-in-law Chris Hamler.

He is survived by Carol, his wife of 47 years; five children, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, which include Geoff and Stephanie Billington and their children Peyton and Caleb; Scott Michael Billington; Kristin Hamler and her children Marleigh and Tyler Hutson and their son Callan, James and Julia Fox, Austin and Morgan Hamler; Kelly Gillian and her children Jade, Chloe and Grace Gillian and Olivia McKenzie; Sean Robert Billington and his partner Sandra Bennett and his children Karaline, Colin and Kevin Billington; his younger brother Gilbert Billington and his wife Debra.

After retirement, Gordon spent time reflecting and embracing his spiritual beliefs and had become a valued part of his church and community in Sidney.

A viewing for Gordon was held on November 13 at Lawry Brothers – Wheeler Funeral Home, located at 26 Church Street, Oakland, ME 04963. Directly following was a military-honored funeral service at Oak-Sid United Methodist Church, located at 20 W School Street, Oakland, ME 04963.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Gordon’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, KS 66675.


JEFFERSON – Rose Marie Parlin, 79, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. She was born February 15, 1942, a daughter of William and Gertrude (Esancy) Ring.

Rose grew up in China, and was a graduate of Erskine Academy, in South China. On June 18, 1960, she married Wendell F. Parlin and they settled in Jefferson. Rose had strong family values and made sure to teach her sons the importance of respect and compassion for others.

During Rose’s early years she was employed at the South China Telephone Company when connecting calls required changing wires on a switchboard. She was later employed at Grant’s Department store, in Augusta. She then began her career with the State of Maine as a data processing clerk for the Department of Health and Human Services. She was employed at the department for over 25 years until her retirement in 1997.

Rose was a faithful member of the United Baptist Church, of Jefferson, since 1980. She was a member of the choir, and held roles on the Fellowship Committee, missions, and clerk. Her church family was an integral part of her life and she faithfully attended services every Sunday morning and Bible Study on Wednesday.

In her younger years Rose enjoyed going dancing with her husband Wendell, snowmobiling, talking on the CB, and camping at various campgrounds with their many friends and family. Rose was a very social person, and in later years after Wendell passed, Rose found lots of friends at Moody’s Diner, in Waldoboro, where she could be found visiting almost every day for supper. In her retirement she also kept busy helping friends and family by driving them to their various appointments and events.

Rose will be remembered for her generosity as well as her strong, outgoing and independent personality. The family will miss their loving and caring matriarch.

Rose was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Wendell F. Parlin Sr., in 2012; her grandson, Steven W. Parlin, in 2013; and her siblings Herbert, Ethel, Roger, and Hazel.

She is survived by her sons Wendell “Skip” Parlin Jr. and his partner Christine Richardson, and Mark Parlin and his wife Kathy; her grandchildren Shannon Parlin and her partner Kevin Long, Courtney Parlin, Benjamin Parlin and his wife Alison, and Tyler Ormonde; her great-grandchildren, Jacob Parlin, Shelby Parlin, Tucker Morton, Wyatt Long, Lyra Parlin, and Graeson Parlin; her brother, Charles Ring and his wife Lenore “Babe” Ring; many nieces and nephews.

No visiting hours will be held.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 19, at 10 a.m., at the United Baptist Church of South Jefferson, 495 S. Clary Rd., Jefferson, ME 04348.

Burial will take place following the service at Shepherd Cemetery in Jefferson.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor.

Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared by visiting

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Rose’s name may be made to the United Baptist Church of South Jefferson, c/o Treasurer, 138 Atkins Rd., Jefferson, ME 04348.


WATERVILLE – John C. Brown, 82, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at Androscoggin Hospice House, in Auburn. John was born November 23, 1938, in Bristol, Connecticut, the son of Norman Brown and Hilda “Hinton” Brown.

John graduated Winslow High School class of 1957. Following high school John served in the U.S Army. John was married to his wife, Frances L. “Judkins” Brown. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in September.

John was a genuine person, who loved spending time with family and friends. Always willing to lend a hand, John spent many nights out in the cold working on someone’s car so they could go to work in the morning.

He was a lifelong member of Elks Lodge #905, in Waterville, serving in many positions up to exalted ruler, a position in which he was very honored to serve.

John owned his own business for more than 30 years, Auto Radiator Repair. When he retired, John took on the position of secretary at the Elks Lodge.

He was predeceased by his father, Norman Brown, mother, Hilda Brown; and sister, Norma Brown; in-laws Robert and Beatrice Judkins.

John is survived by his wife, Frances L. Brown; four sons, Robert and his wife Liza, Patrick, Michael, and Peter; grandchildren Chad, Cody and his wife Izzy, Morgan, Brandon; and great-granddaughter, Jordyn; and brother, Richard Brown and wife Kathy.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Services, 445 Waterville Rd., Skowhegan. There will be a graveside service Saturday November 20, at 10 a.m., at the Pine Grove Cemetery, in Waterville.

Directions: Start on Grove Street, head towards Water Street, turn onto Oakwood Avenue, next turn right on Ravine Avenue. Site is ¾ down Ravine Avenue on the left.


SIDNEY – David Charles Smith, 83, of Sidney, passed peacefully, on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the Togus VA hospice. David was born October 1, 1938, to Charles W. Smith and Drusilla (Clark) Smith, on West River Road.

He attended two different one-room elementary schools, then graduated from Waterville High School in 1957 as a valued member of the cross-country team.

Early jobs included picking green beans and milking cows; he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1958 and used his GI benefit to attend Bailey’s Technical School, in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1964 he started his 34-year career as a Carman for Maine Central Railroad, in Waterville. After a seven-year school-kid courtship, the success of his 61-year marriage to best friend Gail (Woods) Smith came as no surprise. Together they raised their son William C. Smith and daughter Sidney (aka Anita Smith) Woods, who followed their father’s life-long curiosity about the natural world. Will and David shared a fascination with wild birds, and with human flight.

After Sid created her home in Wyoming, David and Gail made several trips to the Rocky Mountains, including an early hike with Sid’s pack llamas — which sparked David’s second career as the Llama Man of central Maine. For 15 years he and Gail traveled to schools, nursing homes, libraries, churches and more with their team of social llamas, and entertained many visitors at their Sidney pasture.

Together with his wife he was awarded a Spirit of America award for years of voluntary social contributions, ranging from dragging snowmobile trails and caring for both the Springer and Bangs cemeteries, being a founding member of the Sidney Historical Society, to simply mowing and plowing for neighbors in need. He was also a founding member of the Sidney Snowmobile Club and a member of the state organization as well. “Think Snow” was a favorite saying, right along with “Eat Dessert First, Life is Uncertain.”

He was honored that the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad accepted his train memorabilia for the museum, and that the Sidney Historical Society will add his USMC uniforms to their museum.

Along with the family mentioned above, he is survived by his older sister Shirley Fenlason, of Oakland, and his younger brother Tim (Patty) Smith, of Florida, and the families of their children, along with Will’s son Adrian Morgan and grandson Dominic Rogers. David was a favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews, including those of his sister Jean and her husband Pete, who preceded him in death.

Adventures with his wife’s family included great memories at the Woods’ cottage on McGrath Pond, in Oakland/Sidney, with the families of Peg (David) Gustafson (pre-deceased), Madeline (Walter) Durham (pre-deceased), and Blanche (Harold) Sanborn. David counted Sheryl Palmer, Will’s fiancé, and his daughter’s long-term Wyoming partner Corrie Barbero as family as well.

A life celebration will be held in the future.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 107 Main Street, Fairfield, where memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

In honor of the many beloved four-legged family members who shared his life, please consider making memorial donations to the Humane Society Waterville Area, online at, or through the mail, 100 Webb Rd, Waterville, ME 04901, or other organizations of your choice.


WATERVILLE – Gerald Eugene Gilbert, 86, of Waterville passed away on November 5, 2021. Gerald was born on April 23, 1935, in Fairfield, to the late Leonard and Edna Gilbert.

Gerald proudly served his country in the United States Army for 25 years and 5 months. He was a member of Forrest J. Pare American Legion Post #5, in Waterville.

Gerald was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers Bernard, Frederic and Arthur.

Surviving are his children, Carol Anne McElgunn (husband Kevin; grandchildren, Francis “Pat”, Mary Catherine, and Anne Marie) Leonard J. Gilbert, (wife, Melissa); his brother Ronald J. Gilbert.

In lieu of flowers, donations, in his name, may be made to the American Cancer Society.

A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m., on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street Waterville.

Memories and condolences may be shared at


FAIRFIELD – Priscilla M. Oakes, 94, of Fairfield passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

She was born in Portland on March 14, 1927, the daugh­ter of the late Alton and Lelia (Look) Brown.

Priscilla graduated from Deering High School, in Portland.

She was employed by Union Mutual Insurance Company, and by Sears and Roebuck Company for many years. Priscilla was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairfield, and coached cheerleading for the PAL program.

Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her children, and grandchildren.

Besides his parents she was predeceased by her husband, Walter E. Oakes who passed away in 2013; her daughter, Muriel MacLean; her two sisters; and one brother.

Priscilla is survived by her children, Karen Gilbert and her husband Louis, of Fairfield, Gary E. Oakes and his wife Jeannette, of Waterville, and Brian C. Oakes and his wife Tamara, of Fairfield; her grandchildren, Bobbi-Jo Semans and her husband, Brian, Gary W. Howard, Shaun Gilbert, Melissa Laskey, Jamie Crawford and her husband Sean, Amber Oakes, Brian M. Oakes and his wife Renee, Cameron C. Oakes, Brian P. MacLean and his wife Nicole, and Joanne C. MacLean; her great-grandchildren, Jonathan Barrows, Brian Semans II, Justin Semans, Emma Laskey, Isabelle Crawford, Aiden Crawford, Addison Crawford, Kallan R. Oakes, Koen R. Oakes, Morgan McKenney, Ian McKenney, and Aria Cadance MacLean; her son-in-law, Kent MacLean of Fairfield; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, November 15, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

Private family burial will be at Raymond Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

Arrangements are in the care of the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St. Fairfield where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Priscilla’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels, Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold Street, Waterville, ME 04901.


UNITY – Mary Ann Gerry, 67, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 12, 2021. She was born February 21, 1954, the daughter of Ernest and Eva (Lacombe) Rule.

She grew up in a large family in Meriden, Connecticut, and attended Platt High School. It was in Meriden where she met the love of her life at just 15 years old. She and Robert married just two years later in 1971. In 1985 they left Connecticut, and moved to Unity where they spent the rest of their lives raising their family. She worked several jobs including as a nurse’s aide and was proud of them all, but the job she loved the most was staying home with her family.

Mary loved playing in her gardens, scrapbooking, sewing and going for scenic rides. She loved treats in the form of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts and for several years met her friends there every afternoon at 3 p.m.

She was a longtime and faithful member of her church for more than 30 years. She taught Sunday school, helped lead Vacation Bible School in summers, and directed several Christmas and Easter plays. There wasn’t a costume she couldn’t sew or a prop she couldn’t make!

In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert, her brother Charles “Artie” Rule, brother Robert “Bobby” Rule, and brother Ernest “Ernie” Rule.

She is survived by her sons Robert and wife Helen, of Troy, Daniel and his wife Amanda, of Searsmont; daughter Christine and partner Ted, of Unity; six grandchildren, Robert, Johna­than, Hannah, Joshua, Eva, and Lylli; several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Mary was a very giving and genuine soul who will be missed by many. We hope you join us in finding peace that her absence in the body means present with the Lord.

Services will be held Saturday, November 20, at 11 a.m., at Palermo Christian Church with reception to follow. A live online option will be available for those who are unable to attend.

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SOLON & BEYOND: Always keep a positive spin on life

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

This week’s column is being taken from the August 4, 2005, issue of The Town Line paper. It starts out, Good morning my friends, Don’t worry, be happy! My many thanks to all of you who have told me you liked the Flagstaff article, my thanks also to Roland for doing this series, it means so much.

This week I’m going to let Percy have more space, he would like to share these words with you; “Realize that you are capable of working miracles of your own making. Remember that it is up to you to find the key that unlocks the door to your happiness. Understand that increased difficulty brings you nearer to the truth of how to get beyond it. Cross your bridges. Meet your challenges. Reach out for your dreams, and discover how to get closer and closer to a more fulfilling life. Get rid of the ‘if only’s, and get on with whatever you need to do to get things right.” (words by Douglas Pagely).

I needed those words last night. I had this column almost written and I lost it all! Bet if you had looked down on Ferry Street the air would have been blue. Peter has told me over and over to save it when I first start writing, and do I do it ? NO, well this time I have.

That is what I did yesterday when I was writing this week’s column and lost every bit of it! And usually when I do something like that Peter can find it and get me out of trouble, BUT, guess I really did it up, if he couldn’t find it.

And so this will be a rather short column, but I’m going to put in a few “Rainy-Day” Remedies, if you are down. I hope they will cheer you up!

If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” Then repeat to yourself the most comforting of all words, “This, too, shall pass.”

“Resolve to see the world on the sunny side, and you have almost won the battle of life at the outset,” by Sir Roger L’Estrange. Ten Simple ways to Brighten Someone’s Day: Buy some chocolates and leave one on everyone’s desk at work. Smile at a stranger on the street. Give someone a compliment. Add happy faces to all the e-mails you send out. Lend a friend one of your favorite books or videos. Let somebody with fewer items go ahead of you in line at the store. Clean the house, even if it’s not your turn. Send a greeting card for no reason. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Tell someone how much you love them.

And now for Percy’s memoir, I’ve heard that people enjoy it: “The next time life gets you down, remember, you have a choice. You can either stay down in the doldrums where there is nothing but more negative feelings or you can make up your mind to laugh until the doldrums disappear. The choice is up to you. Find a reason to laugh!” – by Less Brown.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: My unusual plants

Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula)

by Debbie Walker

I do not have a green thumb. My interest is mostly in the more unusual plants, at least I think they are unusual. This time I am trying to keep a Venus Fly Trap alive.

Did you ever try to grow one? My daughter, Deana, and I tried a hundred years ago (well, not quite). I read that they can grow to be 20 years old. I don’t believe ours died of old age; I think we would have realized all this if she had made it very long. Now, I might add that I have an idea why she wouldn’t have lasted very long

When I was researching the Venus Fly Trap last night, I wanted to know how to feed this poor little character. The first thing I saw was “Do not feed them hamburger meat.” I think that means I committed murder with the first one. That’s the only thing I remember feeding it. So far among all my friends it is believed you can feed them hamburger.

Also, any water you use should be distilled or rainwater. Oops. How many keep distilled water around or even rainwater? No one I have talked to so far, in fact no one else had ever had the want-to. Yesterday I went into the local pet store to purchase dehydrated blood worms. Yes, that was certainly a new kind of shopping for me!

What made me think of that was a few years ago Ken and I had an unusual request from our neighbor. He had young boys that wanted geckos for Christmas. Oh yes, we did, we said okay after hearing that they didn’t have any reason to come out of the box they lived in. Oh, and then he told us he was going to go get the crickets we would need to feed them. Feed them! Feed them, something alive and wiggly! Luckily, we were able to get through that time keeping the geckos alive and even a few crickets!

We moved after the Christmas the boys wanted two little yorkie pups. Two weeks we babyset them and I mean infant-set. Not much sleeping for those two weeks. They wanted to be fed or just held. We did learn our lesson though. We knew better than to ever be foolish enough to think we ever wanted a puppy of our own. Fortunately, we moved before the next Christmas. I was told the boys wanted a rooster and hens. They wanted to be able to sell eggs for spending money.

I believe a few weeks ago I might have told you about the crazy gift for my grandkids this year. Every year I have to do something “unusual” for them. This year with the help of my neighbor, Glen, I will be giving them a gift of loofa sponges that we grew. Odd plant? I think so. Most people think they are ocean grown sponges, but they aren’t. At one point in the growing process, you can eat them about like cucumbers, so they say. It didn’t appeal to me. I have been taking pictures along the way and will be giving them each a book of the growing and some information about the loofa. I even have one for them to uncover the real sponge.

I just wonder if you have some stories you’d like to share. I’ll be waiting. Contact me at with questions, comments, or stories. Have a wonderful week, Thank you for reading!

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Poet: Abbie Huston Evans

Peter Catesby Peter Cates

Abbie Huston Evans

Abbie Huston Evans

The 1989 anthology Maine Speaks has a poem from the Bristol native Abbie Huston Evans (1882-1983). Before sharing it, I offer the biographical details on her life provided in the above text, as they give a good maximum summation with minimum paragraphs:

“As a teenager, Evans moved with her family from her native Bristol, an area her mother’s family had settled in 1730, to Camden. She realized she wanted to be a poet when she heard her father read William Wordsworth’s Ode on Some Intimations of Immortality one Sunday in his sermon at the church where he was pastor. Fate set back her plans, however, when she was 18 years old; an illness that threatened her eyesight kept her from reading and writing for ten years. She spent a great deal of her time outdoors, in particular walking the Camden Hills with a young friend who had been her pupil in Sunday school, Edna St. Vincent Millay.

“Evans entered Radcliffe College at 28, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She worked as an English teacher, a Red Cross volunteer during World War I, and a social worker among the families of miners and steel-workers. She eventually went back to teaching, in Philadelphia, coming back during the summers to Maine.

“Recognition as a poet came slowly to her. She remained in relative obscurity until the 1960s, when she received an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College and several poetry prizes. Her Collected Poems, published in honor of her 19th birthday, at which time she was still writing, has received wide acclaim.

“Evans said of the Maine countryside, ‘It’s the kind of place I would have made, had I been God. ‘ She studied the natural world so as to understand the place of the human spirit within it, and to understand the relationship of any small part of it to the universe at large.”

The anthologized poem is Silhouette from 1950. It has a narrative power of exceptional dimensions in its depiction of the combination of acceptance and regret we all might feel at the end when we try to assess our own lives. The rhythms of its stanzas are quite captivating:

“The lamp flared in a quick gust. -“Yet,” I said,
” ‘You’ve had a full life, Sarah. “-“That depends;
” ‘If you mean busy, I suppose so. Yes.
” ‘What with the old folks-and Aunt Jane-and Mandy.’
“She took her basket and got up to go,
“Her hand a gaunt root wrapped about the handle.
“Nothing ever took me off my feet.
“That’s the whole story. -Well,’ she said, ‘good night.’
“I held the lamp to light her down the path.”

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LEGAL NOTICES for Thursday, November 18, 2021

18-A MRSA sec. 3-801

The following Personal Representatives have been appointed in the estates noted. The first publication date of this notice November 18, 2021. If you are a creditor of an estate listed below, you must present your claim within four months of the first publication date of this Notice to Creditors by filing a written statement of your claim on a proper form with the Register of Probate of this Court or by delivering or mailing to the Personal Representative listed below at the address published by his name, a written statement of the claim indicating the basis therefore, the name and address of the claimant and the amount claimed or in such other manner as the law may provide. See 18-C M.R.S.A. §3-80.

2021-283 – Estate of CHRISTOPHER P. ALLEN, late of Madison, Me deceased. Shannon M. Rollins-Allen, 237 Preble Avenue, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-285 – Estate of NORBERT F. POULLIOT, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Jodi J. Leclair, 17 Valley Farms Road, Fairfield, ME 04937 and Jeffrey J. Poulliot, 604 Oakland Road, Belgrade, Me 04917 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2021-286 – Estate of GARY A. HANSON, late of Ripley, Me deceased. Brenda J. Hanson, 172 North Road, Ripley, Maine 04930 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-288 – Estate of THEODORE E. SEELEY, late of Madison, Me deceased. Jessica Roderick, 155 Lower Mills Road, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-291 – Estate of ROBERT C. MACARTHUR, JR, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Robert C. MacArthur, III., 39 Hardwood Lane, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-297 – Estate of RONALD P WILLS, late of Anson, Me deceased. Christine M. Wills, PO Box 114, North Anson, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-298 – Estate of BARBARA HARVIE-WILLS, late of Anson, Me deceased. Christine M. Wills, PO Box 114, North Anson, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-300 – Estate of ALVIN JOSEPH WALKER, late of Hartland, Me deceased. Rebekah Lynn Thibodaux, 514 S. 6th St., LaPorte, TX 77571 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-301 – Estate of SANDRA J. EVERETT, late of Jackman, Me deceased. Herbert I. Everett, PO Box 541, Jackman, Me 04945 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-303 – Estate of BRUCE A. SHEAFF, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Pamela J. Berry, 19 Free Street, Skowhegan, Me appointed Personal Representative.

2021-304 – Estate of JOHN P. COTE, late of Long Pond Township, Me deceased. Michael J. Cote, PO Box 142, Shapleigh, Me 04076 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-305 – Estate of GERTRUDE OHAK, late of Canaan, Me deceased. Esther J. Geoffroy, PO Box 340, Canaan, Me 04924 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-306 – Estate of JOHN C. STUDT, late of Hartland, Me deceased. Elyse P. Wilson, 227 Studt Road, Hartland, Me 04943 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-308 – Estate of DARREN L. FRIEND, JR., late of Anson, Me deceased. Darren L. Friend, Sr., 194 Hilton Hill Road, Anson, ME 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-309 – Estate of LORRAINE L. NUNN, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Dale E. Nunn, 335 Middle Road, Skowhegan, Me 04976 and Timothy A. Nunn, 22 Dawes Aves., Auburn, Me 04310 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2021-310 – Estate of RODERICK F. STEELE, late of Solon, Me deceased. Brenda J. MacKenzie, 118 Partridge Road, Billerica, MA 01821 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-311 – Estate of JAMES R. LANGLEY, late of Solon, Me deceased. Joseph T. Adams, 34 Wrong Turn Lane, Warren, Me 04864 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-314 – Estate of STANLEY EDWIN WATSON, late of Madison Me deceased. Stanley Elden Watson, 4 Meadowview Road, Georgetown, MA 01833 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-315 – Estate of DOROTHY E. CAYFORD, late of Cornville, Me deceased. Rebecca A. Cayford, PO Box 827, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-260 – Estate of SANDRA J. SHARPE, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Roberta Jean Jolicoeur, 127 Middle Road, Oakland, Me 04963 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-209 – Estate of MARGUERITE A. MROWKA, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Richard A. Mrowka, 206 Fredericks Corner Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-320 – Estate of DARRIN CARL MOORE, late of Anson, Me deceased. Torrey Lee Moore, Sr., P.O. Box 7, Anson, Maine 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-321 – Estate of WILLIAM E. GLENCROSS, late of Pittsfield, Me deceased. Reita G. Abbott, 876 Snakeroot Road, Pittsfield, Me 04967.

2021-326 – Estate of DIANE A. COURTEMANCHE, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Phillip R. Courtemanche, 35 French Street, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-327 – Estate of LORETA P. ANDREWS, late of Bingham, Me deceased. Timothy D. Andrews, 12 Somerset Lane, Bingham, Me 04920 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-329 – Estate of BARBARA A. NELSON, late of Canaan, Me deceased. Tara A. Nelson, 331 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 and Corey N. Nelson, 800 Main Street, Canaan, Mane 04924 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2021-328 – Estate of JOYCE M. KENNEY late of Anson, Me deceased. David P. Kenney, PO Box 6, Athens, Me 04912 appointed Personal Repre­senta­tive.

To be published on November 18 & 24, 2021.
Dated November 15, 2021 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate



Notice is hereby given by the respective petitioners that they have filed petitions for appointment of personal representatives in the following estates or change of name. These matters will be heard at 1 p.m. or as soon thereafter as they may be on December 1, 2021. The requested appointments or name changes may be made on or after the hearing date if no sufficient objection be heard. This notice complies with the requirements of 18-C MRSA §3-403 and Probate Rule 4.

2021-271 – Estate of JESSE JAMES GAUDETTE, II, minor of Skowhegan, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Bethanie M. Gordon, PO Box 2093, Skowhegan, Me 04976 requesting minor’s name be changed to Jesse James Gordon for reasons set forth therein.

2021-273 – Estate of LEAH NICOLE ALLEN, adult of Madison, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Leah N. Allen, 113 Whittier Farm Road, Madison, Me 04950 requesting her name be changed to Chance Logan Allen for reasons set forth therein.

2021-276 – Estate of ALISON ROSE-MARY THEBERGE, adult of Madison, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Alison Rose-Mary Theberge, 20 Glendale Street, Madison, Me 04950 requesting her name be changed to Molly Rose Darling for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: November 15, 2021
/s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate